P15M allotted for Aquino's trip to Japan

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III left Thursday morning for a three-day trip to Japan to join other regional leaders in the 40th Asean-Japan (Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Japan) Commemorative Summit.

In this trip, the government has earmarked P15 million to cover transportation, accommodation, food and equipment, among other requirements, of the President and his 57-member official delegation, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. said.

Aquino left for Tokyo via a chartered flight, along with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Transportation and Communications Secretary Emilio Abaya, Presidential Management Staff head Julia Andrea Abad, Presidential Protocol chief Celia Anna Feria and Press Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.

In his departure speech, the Chief Executive said he would take this opportunity to thank the neighboring countries for the assistance they have extended for the survivors of typhoon Yolanda.

"Sa pagkakataon nga pong ito, tutungo rin tayo doon upang iparating ang ating pasasalamat sa mga karatig-bayang dumamay at nagpaabot ng ayuda sa Pilipinas nitong mga nagdaan na sakuna. Tunay nga po, na sa panahon ng taimtim nating pangangailangan, ipinaramdam nila: Hindi tayo nag-iisa. Ito po ang mga dibidendo ng marangal at mahusay nating pakikitungo’t pakikipag-ugnayan sa ating mga kaalyado’t kaibigan," he said.

The President said that he will also meet the Filipino community in Japan and to hold dialogue with the Japanese businessmen.

Aquino is set to meet also with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Prime Minister’s official residence for bilateral discussion on disaster management, economic and maritime cooperation, and progress on the Mindanao peace process.

The President’s schedule also includes a social call by Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and a courtesy call by former Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) president Dr. Sadako Ogata, who is now advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and a special advisor to Jica President Akihiko Tanaka.

He will also meet with the Nippon Keidanren, Japan’s association of business organizations, representatives from Nidec Sankyo Corp., and a delegation from the Sumotomo Mitsui Banking Corp.

During the visit, Aquino will witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding for an 850-room retirement community in Cebu City, as well as receive an honorary doctorate law degree from the prestigious Sophia University. (SDR/Sunnex)

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